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Townley’s sure grasp of the telling detail, the precise word often shocking in its simplicity, gives power to these threnodies and serenades and downright love songs. His is a voice like no one else’s I hear these days.
If only every poet, musician, and teacher had a Townley to celebrate them. If only every mother, wife, or infant on the changing table inspired work like this. Here is a poet on whom, apparently, nothing is lost.